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Relative radio silence due to ridiculous amounts of work us being broken. Know that every other day I go to visit the giant orang doors from TRON (AKA the backstops for RTNS II) but I do not hug them due to contamination.

Extra money is wonderful, but the fact that this will all stop at the end of September and I get my life and rest back makes it possible. The candle can only be burnt in three places at once for so long.

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This is the face of a man tired of watching CNN clips.

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I am somewhat biting my tongue at the moment as this all us still in progress and we are already suffering far, far too much bad reporting out of the 24hr news cycle that must be talking AT ALL TIMES. But I'll give my professional opinions:

1) Bad, no good, awful. No matter how this turns out, at ~40yrs old this reactor is done for.
2) This is no Chernobyl. It may end worse than Three Mile Island. At TMI at least all the safety systems worked and the building hadn't been hit by a massive earthquake.
3) No one EVER builds the outbuildings as well as the reactor is. Once again, a vulnerable subsystem in an outbuilding threatens to bring a reactor down.
4) It is going to suck to be a local for some time. Yes, there is going to be some local radioactive material releases.
5) Seriously, I want to stab people at several media outlets. You are not making this already bad problem better.

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It is not quite 10am. I have already voted, been to the post office, and just finished breakfast at Ikea.

This is my 35th birthday, but judging by activities so far it might be my 70th.

Fear not, it will perk up.

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About to board United 863 to Sydney. Airplane mode and then international mode...engage!

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A couple of recent discussions revealed two things to me:

1) My memory is a fickle thing and while it is transitory, the impressions formed due to experiences are far more lasting than the experience itself.

2) I pride myself, as Eternal DM For Life, on the ability to adopt alien worldviews with which to create internally consistent charcters (particularly villains) and thus stories. This has also informed a deeper understanding of history that has led to some interesting revelations about the lives of antiquity.

This combines in the stories of Jane Austen, particularly "Pride & Prejudice". I cannot remember a damn thing about the characters or the story other than a deep seated feeling of irritation and a connection to soap operas. This does a great injustice to stories that, by all acounts, are some of the most important fiction within it's own period and beyond.

It has been pointed out to me that the motivations of Austen's characters may be "as alien to me as a space princess'". Fine, but the same imagination that has worked well for alien understanding, particularly the understanding of the appeal to readers in the period it was written, but not here, bothers me.

To that end, I'm committing to a rereading of P&P. I have no expectations to like, though it would be informative. I am more interested in why I kept the sensation but lost the memory. Failing that, I'd like to know where the residual antipathy comes from.

Jane Austen...For Science!

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Blessed is the Double Down. High in protein...it's good for you.

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Now en route to Portland with caffeine as the gods themselves have ne'er seen.

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ATTENTION PLANET EARTH: Caffeinated doom is one step closer.

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You'd think I'd have learned by now not to lean against things in my career. I'd like to think I've at least learned to not stick things in my mouth for the geologist flavor test (NOTE: not recommended for arsenic minerals).

Yesterday, I discovered tar is sticky as I tried to asphalt myself with the pit railing.

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It is a thing of unmitigated beauty! BEHOLD Stein #23!

Everywhere possible, I have used brushed aluminum or stainless steel. I am so pleased.

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This will become the Spice Rack of Science! But the question, my people, is can you identify what it used to be?

As expected, my science peeps [livejournal.com profile] draggonlaady and [livejournal.com profile] basal_surge guessed correctly.  I'm a little disappointed that [livejournal.com profile] auroracita didn't get all up in this, but I suspect she was busy.

Thank you for playing.  I look forward to sharing the finished project at an undisclosed future date.

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Today was a fine day to be a redhead.

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Moving now 1.5hrs in progress. I am not loading/unloading boxes nor driving the truck. $250 is a small price to pay to not be crippled the next day. I vowed that I was too old to be paying friends with pizza and beer to move me and I have stuck by that.

It is possible that it may be more cost/time effective too...

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Regarding Dominican Hospital:

"When you go in for surgery tomorrow, don't forget that the 21st is the solstice. Make sure you don't end up a blood sacrifice to strengthen the order; the Dominicans are seeking an unspecified number if kidneys to raise St. Dominic."

I am a terrible person.

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Currently shunned to a distant corner of the St. George Distillery tasting room. Came here today to do some post-sale touch up work on a Stein O' Science (#8 needs to have "The Ocho" added to it).

There are over 70 people here. It seems I can tolerated Xmas crowds as long as there is delicious beverage available.

In other news, the world needs to check out the Molecular Muse etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/molecularmuse?ga_search_query=+endorphin&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title

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Amongst the presents that I will be giving this year is the gift of no sleep. I have become proficient enough with The Black Blood Of The Earth (BBotE) extraction process that I believe I'll be able to make approximately 30 gallons worth by Xmas Eve. The nice folks at St. George are kindly letting me recycle their delicious booze empties as BBotE reliquaries.

For those of you who enjoy large numbers, this will be the caffiene equivalent of 18,432 cups of conventional coffee, as opposed to the weapons grade material that I an creating.

Remember the $300 Tricky Dick Fun Bill episode of Futurama? That's what this holiday season is gonna be like.

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So, I spent a respectable chunk of my Veterans Day sitting in a lovely San Leandro cafe, abusing their internets, and ripping CDs of Nazi and Soviet military music. One of the CDs was a mix from my friend Gabe entitled "Song From The Eastern Front - Hitler vs. Stalin FIGHT!". It alternates back and forth between Nazi and Soviet tunes following the war from the outset of Operation Barbarossa to the fall of Berlin. Very good mix.

However, there was one song that was a Hitler Youth medley which he titled "A Hitlerjugend March Potpourri". I am fairly certain I can report him to the Weisenthal Foundation for use of the words "hitlerjugend" and "potpourri" in the same sentance.

Yesterday, the radiation safety officer gave me a delicious tupperware container full of a pork/apple/saurkraut dish that I have dubbed Yuhaspork. Behold!

When he made it over the weekend, it attracted German neighbors from all over where the wind took the scent. He had no idea there were so many Germans in his vicinity.

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Mashed Potatoes = Irish Salsa

Also, when you want a high quality leather belt the best answer is to get one from people who make horse tack. Animals get higher quality workmanship than human fasion.

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Except for the next time I do it for the pound of Yucatan still in my fridge, I vow that I will never, ever, EVER use a Turkish coffee grind to make the Black Blood of the Earth again. The sediment and thoroughly extracted oils are quite sufficient to completely plug filter paper such that air has a hard time passing.

As I was squeezing the filter to get every last bit of Turkish grind Ethiopian Yirgacheffe bean juice, the paper would form these glossy black boils. I like to imagine that if Chlthuloid horrors had acne, it would look like that. With just a bit extra pressure, a fine jet of black sludge sprang forth from the eldritch zit, flying several feet across the kitchen, staining all it touched...including skin.

Until this evening, I don't think I truly understood what the word "ichor" meant.

Happy early Halloween.

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